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My wife Karen was reading through a few of my posts earlier today and noticed a couple of typos. 

After wishing that I had done a better job in proof-reading myself before pressing publish, I realised that there are times when we all need someone to help us out with a little bit of editing from time to time.

Very few people like to receive constructive criticism, but it is an important component of personal development, so my question today is, who’s your editor?

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Canada Geese in V formation

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Geese are seemingly innocuous birds, but there have been some interesting and well-documented principles that can be learned from them, especially from their migratory flying patterns.   

This information has been used many times and has been attributed to Dr. Robert McNeish, who first used it in a sermon he delivered in the early 70’s.    

What can we learn from geese?    

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I realise that this title doesn’t look good, so please bear with me.

Hopefully it’s obvious that I don’t mean be a fire-lighter literally.  I’m talking here about the fire or passion that people need to achieve a particular task or goal.  The inspiration that drives great performance, the dreams that great people pursue with enthusiasm and vigour.

No matter who you are, you are surrounded by people who influence you, and you in turn influence others.

Unfortunately, some of us are fire-fighters, dousing the flames of enthusiasm through well-meaning, or sometimes just mean-spirited words of discouragement.

Thankfully, we also have the opportunity to help to light flames in the hearts of others and there are a few ways in which we can do that.

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One of the things that I have noticed over the years is the distinct difference in mindset between people who consistently succeed in life and those who struggle to break through.

These mindsets are entrenched habits that have a significant impact.  The good news is that they can be changed if you are willing to acknowledge them.

I’ve identified four scenarios in which the difference between winners and whiners really come to the fore.

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I came across a story recently about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, ‘See me after class.’

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Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Generosity is a wonderful trait to have and is one that I really admire when I see it in action.

I am fortunate to have numerous people in my life who are genuinely generous in many different ways and they are constantly influencing me to look for ways to be more generous.

What are some ways in which we can become more generous?

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